Five Boys by Mick Jackson
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When Bobby is evacuated from London to a remote Devonshire village, a strange new chapter of his life begins. Empty of its menfolk, the village is given over to the “stay behinds”: the women, the old and young, and five terrifying boys who accuse Bobby of being a Nazi spy. Then, there is the enigmatic Bee King, a mysterious figure who exercises a powerful, hypnotic influence on the village, and especially the boys.

As the days wind down to the D-day invasion and the Allied soldiers crash the beaches along the French coast, the villagers will enact their own drama -- a tense interplay of events that will engulf them all and ulti- mately reveal the truth about the Bee King.

Brilliantly captivating and thoroughly researched, Five Boys is the tale of the war's impact on the home front, bringing to light a lost place and time with an expert touch.


About Mick Jackson

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Mick Jackson was born in Great Harwood in Lancashire, England. His first novel, "The Underground Man, " was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Whitbread First Novel Award and won the Royal Society of Authors' First Novel Award. While researching "Five Boys, " he enrolled in beekeeping classes and to this day, keeps two hives at his home in Brighton, England.
Published November 23, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 296 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Jackson (The Underground Man, 1997) offers a nostalgic, tone-perfect evocation of life in an English village during WWII.When the Blitz is on and a London boy named Bobby is evacuated (alone) to Devon, it’s almost as though he’s been sent to the farthest reaches of the earth.

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Five Boys Mick Jackson Faber £10.99, pp239 There is a cosiness to rural war stories.

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In this funny, touching and highly original novel, a close-knit gang of five boys forms a prism that refracts the idiosyncrasies of WWII English life in a small village in Devon.

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